In the spirit of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, four categories of prisoners who are not deemed a threat to society may become eligible for amnesty in China.
SOUNDBITE: LI SHISHI, NPC Standing Committee
“The four special cases include: 1) Criminals who fought in China’s war of resistance against the Japanese invasion and the civil war against the Kuomintang army. 2) Criminals who participated in wars to safeguard national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity after the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Those found guilty of serious crimes are excluded. 3) Criminals who are 75 or above, and those with physical disabilities that are unable to care for themselves. 4) Those who committed crimes while under the age of 18 and received a maximum sentence of three years in prison, or those whose remaining prison term is less than one year. Again, those who were convicted of serious crimes are excluded.”
Li said the amnesty deal should not create fear among the general public.
Thus, felons convicted of violent crimes such as homicide, rape, or terrorism will not qualify for the pardon.
China has announced seven amnesties after the People’s Republic was established in 1949.
The Constitution says the NPC Standing Committee decides to issue amnesty and the President promulgates the order.